Author Archives: GrrlScientist

About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. She writes the popular eponymous science blog hosted by The Guardian (UK) and is working on a popular science book about plumage colour. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots — and a slightly deaf spouse — somewhere in Germany. Grrlscientist's main blog is hosted by The Guardian, Grrlscientist. GrrlScientist's main blog can always be accessed through any one of these five domain names: GrrlScientist.net, GrrlScientist.org, GrrlScientist.info, GrrlScientist.com, and GrrlScientist.us. GrrlScientist writes a second blog, Maniraptora, at Nature Network. (Maniraptora is in a state of unfixable technical disrepair, which explains the existence of this blog!) Online interviews with GrrlScientist: Kolibri Expeditions, ScienceOnline09, Nature Blog Network and ScienceBlogs. More biographical information about GrrlScientist.

Journal Club: Birds identify good nuts by listening to them

SUMMARY: Wild birds identify “good” seeds without first opening the shells by weighing them and by listening to the sound produced when clicking their beaks on the shell, according to a recent study A previous study suggested that birds prefer … Continue reading

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Birth of the blue morphos

SUMMARY: Today’s “Museum Monday” features a visit to the Natural History Museum’s new Sensational Butterflies exhibition, where we watch a time-lapse video of their blue morpho butterflies emerging from chrysalises The Natural History Museum’s filmmakers recently captured a time-lapse video … Continue reading

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Journal Club: Birdfeeding favours non-native bird species

SUMMARY: Feeding urban birds on bread and seed encourages high densities of introduced bird species at the expense of native species, thereby altering bird communities in cities, according to a new study Feeding wild birds is a hugely popular pastime … Continue reading

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Beatboxing birdsongs of New York

SUMMARY: In these fascinating videos, we see how one man’s quest to merge two passions — bird watching and beatbox music – has created an experimental new form of music I love beatboxing, but as an ornithologist and birder, I … Continue reading

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BoobSaver 5K

In honor of Friday’s National Mammogram day, Jack Black gets a mammogram in honor of the Men for Women Now campaign, a collaboration between the Noreen Fraser Foundation and SocialVibe to fund women’s cancer research. Jack co-wrote this video where he encourages men to “get off our lazy butts…” Continue reading

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Brother Sam Presents the Oral Awards

This hilarious video is a special program featuring Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist as he institutes a new award in honor of outstanding achievement in the oral arts. Starting with Oral Roberts, who was commanded by Jeebuz to “get your ass out there and evangelize!!” Continue reading

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Today’s Mystery Bird for you to Identify

This individual bird looks different from the adults of the species (a situation that as is typical for most bird species) — can you tell me why birds usually have a special juvenile plumage that differs from plumage worn by either adult? Continue reading

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Brostitution and Brostitutes

Okay, speaking of “what is family”; this video is a humorous trailer for an imaginary documentary that takes a closer look at the seedy world of brostitution and brostitutes. Brostitutes are men who provide companionship to lonely men .. scientists and doctors, for example .. in exchange for money. This film digs deeper than any other film has when it comes to this secret world of bro-on-bro non-sexual love for profit. Continue reading

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The Empathic Civilisation

This video animates a presentation by bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical thinker, Jeremy Rifkin. It presentes his investigations into the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. Continue reading

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What Am I Doing With This Blog?

The purpose of this blog Continue reading

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